Dan & Phil’s wedding was wonderfully action packed, they had it all! Not one, not two but THREE live bands, lip sync battles, confetti bombs, THE BEACH BOYS (tribute) and all the love you can possibly imagine. These two gorgeous humans married at The Faversham in Leeds on a very cold Yorkshire January afternoon, but the love between these two warms my heart and puts a huge smile on my face! The ceremony took place in the colour-filled tiled conservatory at The Faversham, and the two grooms looked impeccable in their beautifully tailored suits. We hopped outside shortly afterwards for some group shots - Phil’s family are of Philippine descent and I felt so sorry for them shivering in the Yorkshire January weather, so we hurried back inside for an amazing feast of Yorkshire/Filipino delights: Empanada alongside fish and chips and pineapple fritters for dessert. After food we popped back outside for a few quick nighttime portraits and then back inside for some serious partying! It’s at this point I must confess that during my university days I enjoyed more than a few nights out at The Faversham and immediately it all came flooding back to me; the beer and cocktails were flowing and the first band kicked off the dancing. Dan’s favourites are the Beach Boys so it seemed only fitting that the band were dressed in Hawaiian shirts and performed the Beach Boys repertoire perfectly, which is no mean feat by any means. Following their set Phil (who is a magnificent Trumpet player) performed on the stage with his band followed by another! What a treat it was, and interspersed with lip sync battles, more delicious food and the odd confetti bomb, it was a photographer’s delight! We partied long into the night and saw Dan & Phil off in style. I had a wonderful time, The Faversham was in fine splendour and the whole was so wonderful. Thanks so much to all involved, especially Dan & Phil for having me along on their amazing wedding day!
Gillian and Marc’s wedding took place on a gorgeous August summer’s day last year. I hopped over the Pennines to meet them at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel, near Preston. I was so glad they chose me to be their wedding photographer. It’s such a perfect venue especially when the sun shines on it’s beautiful gardens. Gillian and Marc were fortunate enough that we had the perfect weather and used the bandstand for their outdoor ceremony. The gardens (23 acres worth, and multiple award winning I might add) are so well kept and all the blossoming flowers were so bright and colourful I knew we just had to use them as a backdrop for some seriously vivid portraits! I spent the morning photographing Marc and his groomsmen getting ready at their home in Blackpool; we had champagne within arms reach and England playing cricket on the telly while Marc’s best man James was on ironing duty - quite a rare sight to behold from what I gathered! The whole day took place at Gibbon Bridge (ceremony and reception) and it just worked perfectly, there was no rushing in between venues or scrabbling about for taxis.
Gillian looked stunning in her wedding dress and the bouquet matched the wild flowers in the garden beautifully as if it had all been planned (it definitely had been planned, and very well!) After a delicious feeding we headed round the back of the hotel away from all the guests for a quick portrait session and the timing was perfect as the sun was setting and cast a golden glow on the surrounding landscape. Who knew Lancashire could be so beautiful and picturesque?! Gillian and Marc were naturals in front of the camera and relaxed perfectly as we took some awesome wedding portraits.
Afterwards we headed back to the reception room for dancing and partying galore. What a fantastic day and perfect setting for such a beautiful couple. Gibbon Bridge Hotel you absolutely pulled it out the bag! Thanks so much for having me and well done to all involved; what a perfect wedding.
Anna & Ty tied the knot in October at the wonderful Cow Shed in Crail, Scotland. Being a proud Fifer myself I was very keen to make the trip back home to photograph their beautiful wedding. It was a rustic DIY affair; Anna’s mum made the cake herself along with the incredible hand made flower wall in front of which the ceremony was held. The Cow Shed is such a beautiful venue for a wedding - it’s literally a disused and converted barn with exposed brickwork in abundance and oozes character and style. Anna got dressed and ready with her bridesmaids (in matching dressing gowns!) at the cottages on site at the Cow Shed, and her short walk to the venue was accompanied by a piper wearing the full Highland attire. Ty is from Canada so his family and friends had travelled an awful long way for the wedding. Two of his friends performed a reading during the ceremony followed by a ceremonial “Quaich” where Anna and Ty each poured a small amount of whisky into a metal cup (the mixing of the two being symbolic of their union as a married couple) and drunk away! Confetti and hors d’oeuvre shortly followed along with some more piping then the eating began - a delicious three course meal and the food did not disappoint. There wasn’t a dry eye during the speeches, Ty’s especially - his love for Anna and both families was clear for all to see and he deserved a large glass of champagne shortly after! We popped outside for some nighttime couple portraits using the festoon lights donning the Cow Shed’s exterior brick walls. The evening party then kicked off and we ceilidh’d the night away. It was such an awesome day and I was so pleased to be part of it. Anna & Ty were just brilliant throughout and the Cow Shed was the perfect setting. I really really want to go back and shoot another wedding there! Thanks to all involved, here's to Crail :~)
Natalie & David’s wedding was nothing short of amazing! They tied the knot at the school where they met: Stonyhurst College near Clitheroe in Lancashire. Their wedding ceremony took place at the on site Jesuit Church of St. Peter - a beautifully ornate structure built in 1835, and probably the grandest of all the churches I’ve photographed in. The ceremony itself lived up to the surroundings - David’s father is the organist for the church and performed the walking down the aisle music, as well as accompanying David’s brother and sister for a selection of hymns during the signing of the register. After the ceremony was complete we relocated to the grand hall in the school grounds for a canapés and champagne reception. We snuck off at this point for a photo opportunity at the spot where Natalie & David put the world to right during their school lunchtime - a ledge by a corridor window outside the school gym! It was so funny listening to them both reminisce about their school days and recite the stories about how they spent every lunchtime together. We then explored the grounds for some more portraits and headed to the local village hall at Hurst Green to continue the celebrations. The decorations were entirely hand made by friends and family, and the hall looked just amazing. Speeches followed, as did a delicious dinner and then the real party began as the Ceilidh band kickstarted the Scottish Country Dancing. Natalie & David Stripped the Willow, Dashed the White Sergeant and got stuck into a Gay Gordon’s and we continued into the early hours. It’s obviously just the Scottish in me, but I do love a good Ceilidh at a wedding so much! I can’t thank Natalie & David enough for having me along to shoot their wedding. Their choice of venue was simply magnificent, they’re a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best in their married life together :)
Ali & Phil tied the knot at St. John’s Church in Farsley, Leeds. The ceremony was beautiful and Ali looked just incredible in her dress. Her bridal preparations took place just up the road at the Calverley Arms Hotel. One of her wedding presents from a close friend was an album filled with childhood photographs which instantly brought on the tears, it was a wonderful idea for a gift! Phil got ready with the boys at their house in Rodley. The sun was shining and we had a few pre-wedding beers in the garden - what a way to start the perfect wedding! The ceremony was lovely, both mums performed a reading and one of Phil’s groomsmen played the piano and sang ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ which made all the guests chuckle and sing along. The reception took place at Sunny Bank Mills - it was my first time at this venue and holy moly it was amazing! It’s an old textile mill which has since been converted into an art space/gallery/events venue and it has character abundance, what a stunning building. Ali & Phil had spent ages decorating it with bunting, fairy lights and photographs from their time together, as well as with many of their guests. I love when couples really make the venue their own with personal touches like this. Before we ate we had a flash mob choir consisting of about a dozen parents, family members and friends singing an a cappella version of Everybody Loves Somebody and they were so good! Neither Ali nor Phil had any idea this was planned, and the expressions on their faces was just priceless throughout. After food we cut the cake and moved on to dancing, with music provided by the amazing Dirty Funk Band and what a soundtrack they provided - a fantastic selection of Funk, Soul and Motown with brass section galore! We partied long into the early hours and had such a brilliant night. Thank you so much Ali & Phil for having me along for your day, it was so much fun and I can’t wait to go back to Sunny Bank Mills soon. Yorkshire weddings for the win!
Kate and Gary became husband and wife at the Thornton Manor in Cheshire one sunny August afternoon. After Gary proposed in Milan (I know, right? Milan!!) these two were keen to get back to marry one another and what a day it turned out to be! These two lovelies are just made for each other and it definitely showed on the day. There were laughs, kisses, jokes and lots of fun in the gorgeous all-day-long Cheshire sunshine. Kate looked amazing in her incredible sequinned dress made by Adele Howarth-Winstanley; she wore it so well and really made it her own. The whole day took place at Thornton Manor, from the ceremony and champagne reception in the Georgian dining room through to the wedding breakfast and party dancing in the gorgeous music room. It really is a fab looking venue - the spectacular wall paneling, elaborate plaster work, carvings and period paintings by Giovanni Cipriani are just breath taking - very well chosen indeed Kate and Gary! We explored the gardens and grounds (which are equally as impressive as the interior of the house by the way) for our lovely golden hour portrait session, and these two were complete naturals in front of the camera. The portraits were beautiful and Kate and Gary were keen to make the most of what little time we had to take them. We then danced into the night and had a wonderful party. Thank you so much to both of you for having me along to shoot your big day, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t wait to go back to Thornton Manor, I absolutely love Cheshire and it’s countryside. Here’s a handful of some of my favourite images from the day - enjoy!
Nadia and Masih married at the gorgeous Tanfield House near Masham in North Yorkshire. These two gorgeous humans live in the States but met at Leeds University, so opted for a Yorkshire wedding over an American one, and I’d say it was the right choice! Tanfield House is such an awesome venue for a wedding - the house is beautifully kept and the surrounding gardens are stunning and lead down to a river at the bottom - absolutely perfect for photographs! After the rain played havoc with their plans for an outdoor ceremony we relocated to the bandstand on the grounds of the house. Nadia had her hair done and make up applied in the bridal suite of the house along with her bridesmaids and mother. She looked incredible in her dress and long flowing veil. Masih scrubbed up pretty well too in his dapper blue suit and Paisley tie. There were no dry eyes during the ceremony (and not because of the inclement weather!) while Nadia and Masih said their vows and exchanged rings, we were even blessed with a brief moment of sunshine when the rainclouds parted and an incredible rainbow during the portrait session which we made the most of and took some incredible shots. The food was a delicious Persian inspired feast featuring all manner of salads, roasted veg, couscous and skewer kebabs, not to mention the desserts. The dancing kicked off shortly after, following quick bursts during the meal and between courses. I've never been to a wedding featuring so much dancing, and I absolutely loved it! The DJ didn't disappoint and we partied until the early hours. What an incredible day and one I was so pleased to be a part of. Nadia and Masih: you properly rocked!
Many thanks to Neil & Allanah at Tanfield House for being so accommodating and Lucy of Lucy Wright Weddings & Events for all the planning and making sure everything ran so perfectly on the day. What a team :)
Victoria & Jonathan had a rainy day wedding at the village hall in Mellor, but it certainly didn't dampen spirits and everyone had the best time. These two lovelies are childhood sweethearts who met and grew up in the area, but now both live and work in London. The village hall was the venue for school discos and birthday parties in their youth so both Victoria and Jonathan knew it very well indeed! The church was next door so at least we didn't have far to walk in the rain between the ceremony and reception. Tradition at the church states that on his wedding day, it is the groom’s responsibility to ring out the church bell, so up the tiny spiral brick staircase we climbed. Awaiting us at the top was the bell ringer himself to literally show Jonathan the ropes, along with a small nip of whisky to steady the nerves! Although it was a mostly wet day we managed to wait until a dry spell for the portraits and boy was it worth it. Victoria’s gorgeous dress stood out beautifully again the stunning backdrop of greenery on the rolling hills. These two are fab together; they make an awesome couple and it certainly showed in their pictures. They'd hand decorated the hall with their unique bunting and artwork and you couldn't help but smile upon seeing it all. The handmade touches were just perfect: from the test tube flower chandelier, to the who’s who poster of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, from the handmade gin to Victoria’s gorgeous flower bouquet. We danced the night away with a live band and a super energetic first dance. The whole day was just fantastic from start to finish, thank you so much Victoria and Jonathan for having me along to photograph your wedding, and the lesson is “don’t ever let the weather get the better of you!”
Faye & Dom’s wedding ceremony took place on a gorgeous June day at All Saints Church in Whitefield, a beautiful big church on the outskirts of Manchester. Faye, arrived at the church in style along with her bridesmaids and father in an amazingly decorated white VW Camper Van which entirely suited their day and personalities perfectly. She walked down the aisle to the accompaniment of a harpist who played beautifully throughout the morning. The ceremony was gorgeous and Faye's young nieces played an integral role as bridesmaids and even read a poem to the guests during the service. There was tears from mum, nervous giggles from Dom and lots of love from all in attendance. We then headed to the reception at the Bolholt Country Park Stables near Bury, and what a stunning location it is! So much natural light pours through the windows in the main room which always looks amazing in photos. Dom’s speech was an absolute winner; he really knows how to work a crowd and pulled on the heartstrings evoking yet more tears from mum and many others. From the Boholt the views across the countryside are to die for with the lush surrounding fields and greenery so we took some fab portraits in the evening sunshine. The dancing kicked off shortly after, and some impressive shapes were pulled by family members young and not-so-young. The band played a mixture of Soul and Motown with the horn section taking centre stage and it’s no secret that I absolute love a trumpet and saxophone solo! Faye looked fantastic with her dress, flowers and hair all complimenting one another perfectly, and Dom also scrubbed up pretty well in his dapper looking suit - what a gorgeous and handsome couple they make. It really was a fab day - well done to all involved! Bolholt Country Park: I hope to be back soon.
Kerry & Max married on what can only be described as a damp September day. Although we didn’t get the weather, they chose the beautiful All Saints Church in Bolton Percy as the venue for their wedding ceremony, and come rain or come shine the church is just stunning inside and out. I covered Max’s preparations at their house in Harrogate in the morning while Kerry’s preparations took place just round the corner at Hornington Manor where the reception was planned for later. The ceremony was perfect, you can tell these two are made for each other from the way they act together to how they look at one another. Also featured was a family friend singing an opera piece in the church while the couple signed the register. Then on to the reception for champagne and nibbles, and we simply didn’t allow the weather dampen our spirits at all - at least not like it had already dampened my shoes! We managed to squeeze in a quick portrait session during a dry spell in the field next door and these two beauties were absolute naturals in front of the camera, posing away as if they’d been modelling all their life! Kerry wore and looked amazing in a stunning Jenny Packham dress and Max wore his dapper suit very well indeed - they just looked perfect together. The teepee in the grounds of Hornington Manor was beautifully decorated and live music was provided by the always entertaining New York Brass Band. They play all the hits of the Top 40 but arranged for a full brass band and I’m a bit in love with them, check them out! What an awesome day, thanks so much Kerry and Max for having me along, I do love a Yorkshire wedding :)
Lauren and Russell's fun packed wedding had it all. We started at Remedy Barbers in Leeds where Russell and his groomsmen stopped by for a shave and a haircut (accompanied by a small amount of whisky!) They all looked rather dapper and very well groomed indeed. The ceremony took place at Leeds Town Hall where Lauren and her Dad arrived in an incredible 1950's Beauford car. She looked amazing in her dress and her glamorous ride complimented her overall style beautifully. The ceremony was a small one with just families and a few select friends in attendance, and Lauren’s brothers performed a lovely reading to the guests. Shortly after we marched down to Park Square in the city centre for group shots where the turning autumn leaves presented a luscious backdrop. A delicious three course lunch was served at Shears Yard accompanied by Prosecco and cocktails. We then stopped off at The Lamb & Flag Pub for a quick pint and continued on to Sela Bar. I've never been to such a well branded wedding - in Sela there were posters on the wall, custom made beer cans from Northern Monk Brew Co with their name and date included, bunting galore and even their very own personalised pizza and cocktail menu, what’s not to love?!?! The evening's entertainment was provided by the amazingly raucous Howlin' Rick & The Rocketeers - at this point Russell presented Lauren with a custom pair of Nike Air Trainers with her name and wedding date embroidered on the side, and we danced the night away. Finishing the night off was a hilarious but brilliant DJ set from Russell’s dad, a hospital DJ by trade. What an awesome wedding and one I was so glad to be a part of it. I love a bustling city centre wedding - Lauren and Russell you absolutely rocked it!!
Jen & Dan married in the beautiful Craven Arms Cruck Barn in the tiny village of Appletreewick in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - what a setting! A stunning thatched roof barn in the remote countryside surrounded by sunshine, stunning scenery and sheep. We had a glorious July summer’s day and boogied all night long with live music a plenty. Jen & Dan had a small ceremony with just a few close friends and family in attendance. It was a lovely intimate affair and Dan's mum's speech was probably one of the best and funniest I've ever witnessed at a wedding. We then hopped outside for some lovely portraits with the gorgeous Dales countryside as a stunning backdrop. The Craven Arms is such a unique venue for a Yorkshire wedding and one I would thoroughly recommend and LOVE to go back to. It was such an awesome day and I'm so pleased with the photos we took. Yorkshire weddings are just so special!
Liz & Chris’ official wedding took place at the Town Hall in Leeds city centre, however a fortnight later they celebrated in style at Thelwall Parish Church Hall. The ceremony happened outdoors under a marquee and they were accompanied by some giant deck chairs! We then went indoors for speeches and a lovely dinner where Liz & Chris had decked out the hall with homemade bunting and decorations galore. The evenings’ entertainment was provided by The Wedding Crashers who partied late into the night! It really was a fab wedding from start to finish.
Tessa & Chris’ wedding took place in the small Northumberland village of Riding Mill, where Tessa grew up. The bridal preparations were at her parents’ gorgeous house in the village while Chris and his best men prepared themselves at the Wellington Pub over the road. Tessa looked amazing in her matching yellow cardigan and shoes while Chris opted for the classic kilt! Their ceremony took place at the local Parish Church, with canapés back at her parents’ house and garden lead by the pipe band of course. Then on to the Village Hall for some delicious curry and dancing. Tessa runs Swing Dancing events throughout Yorkshire and treated us to some impressive moves on the dance floor! What a gorgeous DIY wedding, with much of the decorations and food/drink supplied by Tessa and Chris themselves.